June 26, 2014
BBVA Compass is helping the angels in the outfield take flight in one Houston-area suburb.
The bank’s local Retail banking team in Missouri City, Texas, sponsors the Dream League, a baseball league open to kids with physical and intellectual disabilities. BBVA Compass Director of Merchant Sales & Acquiring Adam Spencer helped establish the league, which is part of the Sienna Plantation Youth Baseball League, in 2012.
Spencer said he got involved, and decided to get the bank involved, after talking to a local parent whose daughter is disabled.
“The Dream League definitely makes where I live a better place,” Spencer said. “It’s where physically and mentally challenged children in our neighborhoods can come out and experience the game of baseball just like any other kid.”
Spencer worked with BBVA Compass East Texas Regional Retail Executive Larry Franco, also a resident of the suburban community, to sponsor the Dream League. Franco’s support provided the necessary funds for field use, the jerseys, and the registration for all of the Dream League participants.
The Dream League extends the bank’s work building up the communities where it operates. The bank also partners with Dynamo Charities for the Building a Better Houston initiative, which aims to rebuild the city’s East End neighborhood. Additionally, the bank is a major supporter of the arts and provides financial education in its communities.
When the Dream League started, there were fewer than 20 children playing. Today, there are 38 and Spencer said he expects it to grow next year to more than 50 children. However many end up playing, one thing is certain: They'll be part of something big.
“We want all of them to feel like they’re a part of the community, they’re a part of baseball, and they can do whatever they want to do,” Spencer said.